Bow hunting mountain zebra South Africa
Bow hunting mountain zebra South Africa
Mountain zebra scientific name: Equus zebra
Bow hunting mountain zebra South Africa is to bow hunt a unique sub-specie zebra. Mountain zebra used to be an endangered species in South Africa, but due to hunter dollars landowners converted income to conservation. The diligent mountain zebra breeding programs instituted by landowners have taken mountain zebra off the endangered species list. This is yet another program where hunters paid to hunt and have a species survive.
Mountain zebra can either be hunted with a special permit issued by the local authorities,
or, some properties have exemption on mountain zebra. Properties that have exemption means we only need the written permission of the landowner to hunt mountain zebra.
Not only have hunters paid to have species like white rhino and black rhino survive, but also to have mountain zebra make a come-back in South Africa.
Mountain zebra and Burchell’s (common) zebra do interbreed. It is important to have the blood lines pure to prevent hybrids. We, as hunters, are looking forward to hunting mountain zebra out of extinction.
Below are a number of suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting mountain zebra.
Information on bow hunting mountain zebra
Mountain zebra bow hunting prices
The cost for bow hunting mountain zebra for the 2020 bow hunting season is $ 2 500.
Draw weight bow hunting mountain zebra
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting mountain zebra is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight equal to or greater than 70 lbs is recommended.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required is 60 ft. / lb.
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is recommended.
A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is required.
Average shot distance
Average shot distance from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards.
Suggested broad heads would be a minimum of 100 grains (gr) to 125 grains (gr)
A cut on contact fixed 3-blade broad head
Rage II mechanical broad head
A fixed blade 2-blade broad head with bleeders
You decide which brand broad head you would like to use.
Bow hunting Burchell’s (common) zebra South Africa
The same information applies for Burchell’s (common) zebra as above and below. The only difference between bow hunting mountain zebra and bow hunting Burchell’s (common) zebra is the price. The bow hunting Burchell’s zebra price is South Africa $ 1 450 for the 2018 bow hunting season.
Shot placement bow hunting mountain zebra
Zebra have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the zebra in line with the front leg, slightly less than one third of the way up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back. Do not place the arrow in the sergeant stripes due to the thick shoulder bone.
This shot should result in a high heart / lung shot leading to the zebra expiring in the least amount of time.
Quartering to shot
Quartering to shots are not recommended due to the very heavy brisket area and the sheer depth of the chest.
Quartering away shot
On a quartering away shot care should be taken not to attempt to have the arrow penetrate through too much stomach content. Place the arrow in a spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs into a position slightly less than one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Mountain zebra shot placement diagram
Mountain zebra bow hunting tips
The following tips for bow hunting zebra are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Zebra usually come in to water during the mid-mornings anywhere from about 9 am – 11 am and then for a second round from about 3 pm onwards till dusk at about 5:30 pm during our winter months.
Zebra come to water cautiously and are weary the whole time until the first zebra starts feeling at ease. Zebra will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time. These are one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.
Best time of year for bow hunting mountain zebra
Mountain zebra can be bow hunted from January to December. However the best time of year to bow hunt mountain zebra in South Africa would be from mid-March to October and the first couple weeks in November.
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